Living Screen House
Located in the coastal Sydney suburb of North Bondi, Living Screen House is a stunning family residence. Over three and half years in the making from CplusC Architectural Workshop, Living Screen House has received widespread recognition since it was completed in December 2016.
The two storey development includes a number of innovative and unique features, both internally and externally, that make it standout. This was recently highlighted at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards where the project was shortlisted in the Housing category.
The brief given to CplusC and lead architect Clinton Cole centred on creating a space which could be a springboard for entertaining indoors and outdoors as well as a private retreat for a family of five. This begins on arrival where the fully plumbed, self-maintained, LED lit living green wall screens and custom planter beds to the front and side façades are immediately visible. These ensure privacy from neighbours and pedestrian traffic, while also providing a natural green outlook for the home’s occupants.
Internally, the above ground half-lap pool is designed to facilitate interaction with those in the social spaces. The pool shares a clear wall with the double height social space, acting as a visual connection between the interior and exterior spaces and refracting natural light throughout the lower level of the house.
The material palette reveals the elegant craftsmanship of the build and includes unfinished cement bonded wood composite boards, burnished concrete, expressed timber, Corten facade and steel and timber columns that celebrate the structural systems in the house.
Ryan Ng, Living Screen Project Architect and Architectural Project Manager at CplusC, said:
“As a firm which tends to build our own work, each project is hugely significant to us as they represent a massive investment of time and skills over several years. Having said that, Living Screen House made a large splash on social media, so it’s probably going to continue to be important as one of our better known projects for quite some time. We benefited from working with a client with an adventurous brief and a willingness to push the envelope in terms of engineering and constructability challenges, which we capitalised on by including some striking design features in the home.
“Being one of the finalists in WAF means a lot to us as a young and emerging architectural and construction firm. It is a great honour to be recognised in one of the largest global architectural event, listed in fantastic company with a range of established and emerging firms from around the world. It’s given us a lot of confidence to continue pursuing our vision of innovative architecture and craftsmanship.”
To find out about other CplusC Architectural Workshop projects, please visit: cplusc.com.au.
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